Automotive Engineering

This zone covers the materials, processes, equipment and expertise used in vehicle development, from turbochargers to transmissions.

Designing the 2018 Hyundai Kona

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 05, 2018 at 4:15 PM

To expand its line of crossovers, Hyundai developed an all-new platform for its B-segment entry, the Kona. And the design team, led by Chris Chapman, set about to create a new look for the small vehicle in a growing category.

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VW Training Engineers for EVs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 05, 2018 at 6:25 AM

Last week, Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the brand Board of Management responsible for E-Mobility, Volkswagen, said, “Within three years, Volkswagen will be starting production of a total of 27 electric car models for four brands in three regions of the world.

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Of Engines and Brakes and Even More

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 04, 2018 at 6:09 AM

You’ve heard a lot about 48-volt systems for vehicles.

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Mazda Makes 50 Million in Japan

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 30, 2018 at 6:58 AM

Mazda delivered 289,370 vehicles last year to customers in the U.S.

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Raptor Gets Real-Time Damping Control

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 29, 2018 at 6:36 AM

“Not many trucks need sensors to detect when you are midair.” That’s Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs.

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2018 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 25, 2018 at 6:49 AM

As you may recall from a class that you once took once upon a time, argumentum ad populum is the fallacy that has it that because a lot of people have done or think something, it must be right or good.

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Hyundai Mobis Amplifying Radar Capabilities

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 22, 2018 at 8:38 AM

If you look carefully at the photo below, you’ll notice that the gentleman is (1) looking out the side window, (2) has at least one hand off the wheel, (3) traveling in a moving car (note the spin of the front wheel), and (4) reading a book that appears to be titled Digital Control Systems: Which is probably a useful text because the man is probably one of the engineers—there are 600 now, going to 1,000—who works in R&D for supplier Hyundai Mobis, which has announced that it is committed to developing sensors—primarily radar systems—for autonomous driving.

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How Real Is Additive Manufacturing?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 21, 2018 at 6:31 AM

There is a lot of discussion about how 3D printing/rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing is revolutionizing manufacturing, including automotive manufacturing.

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Sixth-Gen Silverado Gets a Four (!)

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 19, 2018 at 6:58 AM

What is undoubtedly the most remarkable moves in the Detroit Three pickup truck battle has been made by Chevrolet with its announcement that it is offering a 2.7-liter, 310-hp/348 lb-ft turbocharged engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard on its high-volume LT and RST trim packages—and it so happens that not only does the engine have Active Fuel Management for cylinder deactivation and start/stop technology to better manage the fuel burned, but that 2.7-liter engine has just four cylinders.

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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 15, 2018 at 6:54 AM

“As with the XF sedan, every line on the Sportbrake serves a clear purpose, creating a fast sweeping silhouette.”

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2018 Range Rover Velar First Edition

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 15, 2018 at 5:53 AM

Speaking of the Range Rover Velar, a midsize sport utility vehicle that is positioned in the brand’s lineup between the Evoque on the smaller side and the Range Rover Sport on the larger end, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, said: “We call the Velar the avant-garde Range Rover.

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Hats Off to Honda Manufacturing Flexibility!

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 14, 2018 at 5:51 PM

When announcing its monthly U.S. sales for April, Henio Arcangeli, Jr., senior vice president of the Automobile Division and general manager of Honda sales, noted, “Even as we increase our sales of light trucks to record levels, we remain committed to delivering a balanced lineup of cars and light-truck offerings for our customers.” This was, perhaps, not particularly veiled shade at Ford, which had announced that it plans to phase out cars (with two exceptions) so as to concentrate on light trucks.

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